Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. How to quilt a patchwork quilt just like Civil War–era quilts

    Posted by on March 8, 2017

    We know we have just a few (ha!) fans of reproduction quilts out there—so today we’ve got something special to share with you! If you’ve ever wondered how to choose a quilting design for your reproduction quilts, one that’s authentic to the era, Julie Hendricksen is the perfect person to ask. She’s made a career […]


  2. Spring cleaning (of your stash): try these 3 simple categories

    Posted by on February 20, 2017

    If you break into a sweat when you think about the state of your sewing space… You might need a spring cleaning. If towers of fabric teeter as you dig for just the right color and print… You might need a spring cleaning. If you’ve ever sighed as you stood knee-deep in fabric… You might […]


  3. 🐮Miss Rosie’s stitchin’ at the farmhouse!🐴(+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 15, 2017

    When Miss Rosie puts needle to fabric, magic happens. That’s why so many quilters are in love with Miss Rosie—she’s also known as best-selling author Carrie Nelson. And we can’t wait to give you a few peeks inside her latest book, Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites! Carrie’s quilts are chock-full of familiar blocks that quilters love, […]


  4. Scrappy Nine Patch quilt block tutorial (+ the one clever step you’re missing)

    Posted by on February 3, 2017

    Once in a while we come across a piecing technique we hadn’t heard about before—just goes to show that even after 40 years, there’s always something new to learn! We’re excited to share this little tweak to a technique you’ve likely used many times before: chain piecing. The video below focuses on a scrappy version […]


  5. What makes a spectacular scrap quilt? 7 designers share their secrets

    Posted by on January 27, 2017

    It’s a mystery to many quilters: how do you make a scrap quilt that doesn’t turn into a muddled mess? In her book Modern Heritage Quilts, Amy Ellis asks her superstar quilting friends to share what they think makes a great scrap quilt. Today we’re sharing some of their answers. If you’re drowning in scraps, […]


  6. T-shirt quilt patterns for beginners: how to stabilize a T-shirt for sewing (tutorial)

    Posted by on January 16, 2017

    There’s a reason why T-shirt quilts are an all-time favorite—they’re simple, they’re personal, and they’re filled with memories. T-shirt quilts are a wonderful way to say congratulations, thanks, and I love you to graduates, sports fanatics, music lovers, and more. One question most quilters have—since we work primarily with woven fabric—is how to cut and […]


  7. Need to make a quilt sandwich in a hurry? Spray basting to the rescue (how-to)

    Posted by on November 9, 2016

    As the holidays draw near, do visions of quilty gifts dance in your head? Do you wonder how many gifts you can start and finish before Christmas? Do you assume you’ll be burning the midnight oil—along with Santa and his reindeer—come Christmas Eve? Often it’s not block-making or row-sewing that halts our gift-making progress: it’s […]


  8. Seams: to glue or not to glue? Watch this video first

    Posted by on October 28, 2016

    While it’s fun to have long-term quilting projects to work on—challenging quilts that might take months or even years to finish—I frequently find myself on a much tighter deadline. Maybe there’s a new baby on the way or a friend in need of comfort, and time really is of the essence. Theresa Ward’s book Sew, […]


  9. How to sew bump-free block seams (video tip) 🎥

    Posted by on October 7, 2016

    We’ve all done it: you’re happily whirring along at the sewing machine when you feel a little bump under the needle. Oops. One of your seams just got sewn in the wrong direction. Rats! In the video below, Martingale acquisitions editor Beth Bradley shows a quick fix for avoiding those accidental bumps. And if you […]


  10. 4 tips for getting an authentic look in your Civil War quilts (+ sale!)

    Posted by on October 3, 2016

    It’s no secret that Civil War–style quilts are mega popular—and we bet we can tell how much you love them by the colors in your stash. If your stash resembles a spread like this: We’ve got some fun tips for you today! Some of our most popular books about reproduction quilts are on sale—this week […]